About FFUC

In 2012, climate change activists, after years of fighting the fossil fuel companies,

In 2012, climate change activists, after years of fighting the fossil fuel companies,

decided to go on the offensive.

They came up with an ambitious plan.

A plan that had been used successfully in the past to topple a government.

The plan's goal was to take away the moral legitimacy of the fossil fuel companies,

The plan's goal was to take away the moral legitimacy of the fossil fuel companies,

and turn them into social pariahs.

The plan was called divestment.

Currently, there are over 600 active divestment campaigns across the globe,

Currently, there are over 600 active divestment campaigns across the globe,

and successes are mounting.

Fossil Free UC

Divest Now

Our demand is simple–University of California, stop investing in the top 200 fossil fuel (coal, oil, gas, and tar sands) companies with the largest carbon reserves and start investing in community-led solutions and the low-carbon economy.

With ten campuses, approximately 230,000 undergraduate and graduate students, nearly 20,000 faculty members, and over 1.5 million living alumni, the UC system is known as one of the largest and premier public university systems in the world. As one of California’s public institutions, the UC has demonstrated leadership in issues that face the citizens of California, including, but not limited to, budget crises, social welfare, technology, policy, and environment.

The UC Regents control policy for the institution’s investment portfolio of nearly $81 billion. In the tradition of serving the good of the state–and in the tradition of successful divestment campaigns against the South African apartheid, Sudan, and tobacco–the UC community is calling on the UC to divest. Specifically, Fossil Free UC is asking the university to adopt a five-year plan to freeze new fossil fuel investments, implement a negative screen for the top 194 companies and roll out investment alternatives that address climate-risk and sustainability.

Fossil Free UC (FFUC) is a campaign made up of a coalition of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the entire UC system, with additional support from partner organizations such as the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) and 350.org.  The campaign strives to: a) raise awareness on and off campus of the dangers of fossil fuels, b) pressure the UC Regents to vote for a full divestment of the General Endowment Pool, and c) to aid the administration in developing a reinvestment plan that is both adjusted for climate risk and socially responsible, thereby upholding the mission of the university.

FFUC was formed in 2012 out of CSSC’s End Coal campaign, and ever since has called on the UC to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies with the largest carbon reserves. In September 2015, we had a major partial victory–the UC’s Chief Investment Officer announced that the UC would stop investing in coal and tar sands companies. While a huge victory, the decision has yet to become official UC policy, and the UC continues to invest in oil and gas companies.

FFCAL-sexyThrough divesting, the UC Regents would indicate that they—as representatives of America’s intellectual, scientific, and progressive powerhouse—have had enough of the industry and will no longer support the fossil fuel industry’s continuing mass environmental degradation and widespread societal harm for the sake of its students, community, and world at large.

FFUC is, of course, a coalition, and is one of the only divestment campaigns that spans campuses to work towards a larger divestment win. However, to support this inter-campus campaign, each UC campus has its own active campaign. Be sure to click on the tabs to check out the other campuses!

As one of the leading public institutions in the world, we have the privilege and the responsibility to take action where we can influence change. You can find us on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

Want to hear more about the national movement? Check out this documentary from students at San Francisco State University!